Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Original Production Cel of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940

Original hand painted and hand inked production cel of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940; Set over a line cel overlay background with a calligraphy titled mat; Size - Stomboli 6 3/4 x 7 1/2", Image 9 x 11 1/2", Mat 13 1/4 x 15 1/4"; Matted.

Although Pinocchio encounters a wide range of antagonists, two of the cruelest are the Coachman and Stromboli; the evil puppeteer, showman, and gypsy whose only goal was to make money. Both the Coachman and Stromboli were voiced by Charles Judes who added a heavy Italian accent. Stomboli is also the only Disney Villain who cursed, however it was obscured by being done in Italian.  

Close up of the Stromboli production cel.

Hamilton Luske directed the live-action footage of most of the actors posing as characters for Pinocchio. Luske admitted to the fact that the character, acted by story man T. Hee dressed in full gypsy garb, was a bit understated but that he did not want Stromboli's animator Vladimir Tytla doing "too many things." Tyla was a tall and imposing personality and he had a physical build that was similar to that of Stromboli, which may account for him being given the character to animate. It is known that while Tytla was working out sequences for Stromobli in his room, that he would perform the story aloud and that Eric Larson stated that he "thought the walls would fall in." Obviously the performance worked because the villainous Stromboli is one of Walt Disney's greatest memorable villains!

Matted Stromboli production cel.

"You are Sensational," says Stromboli, to Pinocchio, as he stabs an olive with his short sword. This is a great cel of the Puppet Master and cels of Stromboli are very rare. Here he is mouth and eyes open and placed on a great line overlay background that compliments the cel beautifully!

To view the scene which this cel was used to create, click on the short video below: